Port workers in Wilmington are set to start using a new federal ID card designed to increase security and prevent terrorist attacks.
The Transportation Worker Identification Credential is issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
It will soon be required for workers seeking access to secure areas of ports, marine terminals and vessels.
The cards is a so-called smart card, and it includes
fingerprints to ensure a positive match between the card and its
bearer. About 4,000 people will get the cards in Wilmington starting
Overall, about 750,000 people will be required to carry
the cards nationwide.